...before I ever heard of picot guages, I used to figure out the length of thread that I would need to get the picots the right length, and put 2 small dots on my finger as a "measuring stick" to make them more uniform. I mostly "eyeball" them now, but the dots really helped years ago. you do have to use ink that you can't wash off. I used a permanent marker, then washed my hands well to be sure the ink wouldn't come off on the thread. the dots would be there a couple of days.Followed by:
...actually I got the idea from a gal on the tatting list I belonged to back in the late 90's online. she had actually gotten several dots tattooed on her finger as specific measurements. I just didn't want to go that permanent...Fox responded:
What a great idea! Makes me want to tattoo a few on my finger to avoid the ink problem! Thanks for that.And then:
Ladytats, As I emailed you - tattoos on the finger? A great idea, I think. I am sorely tempted!
I did it! I hope what I have done works - just three little dots that I measured and re-measured, before I went to the shop. It took all of about one minute to perform the procedure, and it did not hurt much, but I am now squeamish and keep putting the bandage back on! I will eventually wash off the excess ink and take a photo so I can post it on tat-ology. So far, you are the only person other than my sis who knows! I feel so brave. Thanks for the tip. I really wonder if it will make a difference!
Fearless Fox : ))
Well, Ladytats, our secret is out! I just hope this little adventure begets success with the shuttles! Thank you for your support and sense of fun!
I have tried the dots out on the second sock edging, and you know I do think the picots are better! The finger is a wee but sore so I am not tatting as I usually do as I am favouring that finger a bit. I will report later as it heals completely.
I am about a quarter through the second sock. Love the #80 thread with the green beads. I think these are the cutest ones I have done so far; I think it is because of the finer thread.
#22 Motif Challenge
Pattern from Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito